Jakub Vrana

Jakub Vrana

25-Year-Old Right WingRW
Detroit Red Wings
IR
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/2/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After tallying 49 goals and 99 points in 151 games over the previous two seasons, Vrana seemed to fall out of favor in Washington during the 2020-21 campaign. Despite a solid 25 points through 36 contests, the Czech winger was occasionally a healthy scratch and ended up being sent to the Red Wings. He saw his ice time jump from 14:22 to 17:16 after the trade and scored 11 points in as many games with his new team. The 25-year-old should build on that expanded role as he's expected to retain a top-six role this season. With that boost in playing time, Vrana could get back into the 25-goal, 50-point range. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract with the Red Wings in August of 2021.
Placed on IR
RWDetroit Red Wings
Shoulder
October 11, 2021
Vrana (shoulder) was shifted to injured reserve Monday.
ANALYSIS
Vrana was already expected to be out until sometime in 2022 after undergoing shoulder surgery so this is simply a paper move by Detroit. The 25-year-old racked up 11 points in as many games after being traded to the Red Wings last season. Once he's healthy, Vrana will slide right back into the top six.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
14:53
1:57
0:01
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17:16
1:59
0:00
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14:22
2:20
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Vrana was on pace for a 30-goal, 200-shot campaign before the 2019-20 regular season was cut short, finishing the year fourth in team scoring. It's a contract year for Vrana, who is on the second year of a two-year bridge deal and who's already established himself as one of the league's best second-line wingers. His opportunities will be limited because Alex Ovechkin plays in front of him, thus there was little room for Vrana on the top power-play unit last season. That will cap Vrana's upside, but he also has a very high floor because the Caps are a talented group with a history of success and established chemistry on their top-two lines. Vrana has 60-point upside and fantasy managers shouldn't hesitate to snatch him up in the middle rounds of this year's drafts.
The Capitals expected Vrana to solidify himself as a top-six winger in 2018-19, and he certainly obliged with a breakout 24-goal, 47-point campaign. The 23-year-old Czech earned a two-year, $6.7 million extension in the offseason and is expected to reprise his role on the second line. A promotion to the top power-play unit would help his cause, but the 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft owns 30-plus-goal upside if he can stay healthy and brings serious sleeper potential in standard formats.
Vrana's full season in the NHL ranks was riddled with inconsistency. While he managed 13 goals and 27 points in 73 games, the young winger was shuffled around the lineup and benched on multiple occasions during the regular season and playoffs. Still, he could've done worse than eight points in 23 playoff games, and the first-round (13th overall) pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft figures to enter the regular season in a top-six role. Blessed with great speed, a quick release and solid offensive instincts, Vrana has all the makings of a consistent scoring threat provided that he habitually delivers on the backcheck. Andre Burakovsky is the only one who could conceivably cut into Vrana's ice time, but the potential exists for a breakout campaign,and owners should seize him up accordingly in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Another solid showing in the AHL last season earned Vrana 21 games in the nation's capital with the big club, and while he wasn't an instant success, he showed enough with six points (four on the power play) to remain highly intriguing heading into the 2017-18 season. Adding to that intrigue is that Vrana appears to have a legitimate chance at winning a top-six role for the Caps, although the No. 13 overall pick from the 2014 draft isn't guaranteed anything -- he'll even have to earn his roster spot. It’s tantalizing to think about what Vrana might be able to accomplish on a young, talented second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, and that makes his situation well worth watching in training camp, as he could increase his fantasy draft stock significantly with a big showing.
The 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft, Vrana was expected to take a major step forward in his development with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Those expectations appeared to be dashed when the Czech Republic native suffered a wrist injury early in the season that caused him to miss several weeks of action. Despite the setback, Vrana returned to action the same potent offensive player as before and finished the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 38 games. It was in the AHL Playoffs, however, that the talented winger demonstrated his true potential, as he led the Bears in playoff scoring with eight goals and 14 points in 21 games. With a terrific combination of speed and shooting prowess, Vrana is expected to be a key offensive producer for the Capitals in the future, but with a glut of talented players already in the top-six he will need a strong showing in training camp to make the roster for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, and is likely to once again start the season in the minors.
Vrana is a speedy, shifty winger who knows how to snipe – he’s a natural goal scorer with good hockey sense. He spent last season playing with Linkoping in Sweden and delivered 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 games as a 19-year-old. Vrana hit North American ice right at the end of the season and immediately made a dent, totaling five assists in three regular-season games with Hershey, then two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. He’ll start this season in the AHL unless he knocks the jocks off the Caps’ brass in training camp. That’s possible, but not very likely. A year or two in the A will help him learn to play tough along the wall, use his linemates and build some muscle. But it won’t take more than a few seasons for Vrana to ascend to a job in D.C. Dynasty-league owners should monitor his game or stash him if they have really deep rosters. Otherwise, play the waiting game.
A bit of a surprise selection for the Capitals in June’s draft, Vrana adds more top-flight offensive talent to an organization swimming with potential blue-chip point producers. A potential top-five selection heading into last season, Vrana was inconsistent during his regular season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. However, Vrana turned heads at the IIHF Under-18 Championships, and his dominant performance was enough for the Capitals to take him with the 13th overall pick. Recently signed to a three-year extension by Linkoping, the Capitals appear content to let Vrana develop overseas in 2014-15, with the aim of getting him to North America in the next year or so. Possessing an NHL-caliber shot and Marian Gaborik-like upside, Vrana has all the tools to be an outstanding fantasy player once he’s further along in the development process.
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Headed for surgery
RWDetroit Red Wings
Shoulder
September 30, 2021
Vrana will undergo shoulder surgery that will sideline him for at least four months, the team announced Thursday.
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Seeing specialist Monday
RWDetroit Red Wings
Shoulder
September 26, 2021
Vrana is seeing a specialist Monday for further evaluation on his injured shoulder, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Hurts shoulder Saturday
RWDetroit Red Wings
Shoulder
September 25, 2021
Vrana injured his shoulder in practice Saturday, Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now reports.
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Finalizing visa issue
RWDetroit Red Wings
Not Injury Related
September 22, 2021
Vrana will miss the start of training camp due to an immigration issue, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Agrees to terms with Detroit
RWDetroit Red Wings
August 10, 2021
Vrana agreed to terms on a three-year, $15.75 million contract with the Red Wings on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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